What does the Cam Wake re-signing mean exactly for the Miami Dolphins?
Some experts such as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, have offered that the Dolphins can now move on to other important signings such as Sean Smith and Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long.
First, Cam Wake deserves his due. He came to the NFL after dominating the CFL in Canada for two seasons. He’s been a high-motor and high-intensity guy and has shown up in games when it has counted.
However, the Dolphins simply made an error in judgment. In fact, no matter what a lot of people say that Cam Wake needed to get his deal, they are simply ignoring that the Dolphins had their chance in the draft to get a pass rusher in case Cameron Wake did not return for the 2013 season. The Dolphins whiffed on getting Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples, or even Fletcher Cox who were all strong possibilities.
See the Dolphins took Tannehill and in a risk reward scenario they bet the farm that Tannehill will be the franchise QB. He could be or he could be a QB that needs weapons around him to succeed.
Looking at this same signing another way, the Dolphins put themselves in a great position to address their need for a pass-rusher, but Cam Wake was already signed this season. It’s just that he so happened to out-perform his current deal and earn double digit sack numbers and he chose not to show up for work.
I am not through on poking holes at this signing. As a fan, I am either excited or disappointed.
This time disappointed. This signing begs the question that the Dolphins in fact had some money to sign Kendall Langford. Yes, I know that the Dolphins didn’t see a huge jump in productivity like Wake, but he played every game for 4 seasons and didn’t even get a chance to see where he stood with Miami.
Quite simply, Langford moved on. He went to St. Louis and earned starter money.
Lastly, Cam Wake is no spring chicken. Not every player can play into their late thirties. It’s a 4 year deal worth 49 million, but the deal could have gotten done with Langford right?
Here’s another point: The Dolphins are simply covering up their errors in the offseason.
First Langford leaving town and then Matt Flynn not getting a deal done with Miami.
Both the Tannehill pick and the Wake deal are simply a way of establishing what the priorities are.
The priorities are about the defense…not the offense because if it was about offense then the Dolphins would land Flynn who has some experience and fits this offense.
It is evident that the Dolphins will paint a pretty picture behind the numbers that Wake has.
Let’s not be too optimistic…Jason Taylor had great numbers before he was discarded initially by Bill Parcells.
Here’s to Cam Wake being the sacking and tackling machine that he is and that he’s making big plays and helping the Dolphins close-out the 4th quarter.
Cameron Wake outplayed his contract and is and will be a very good pass rusher for the next 3-5 years in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. You have failed to mention that Miami did in fact draft a pass rusher in Olivier Vernon but albight one with some rough edges. The Dolphins also brought in Jacquies Smith as a FA from Mizzou who could be as good as Aldon Smith who the 49ERs took last year in the 1st round.
Now lets talk about Tannehill; he has a strong grasp of our playbook and understands how to get the most out of this offense and may in a year or two start schooling our coaching staff on how to best use our personell in different schemes they have not thought of yet.
I believe your view in this matter is a bit skewed because if we did not address a QB in the 1st and drafted say either Ingram, Coples or even Perry and signed Langford you would be crying that the Fins refuse to address the QB issue as always! It is a lose, lose scenario with fans in this case and I believe we need to see what Tannehill does and if he projects as the FO sees then this argument is put to rest PERIOD!!!!!!
Are you on crack?!?!? Cameron Wake has been one of the premier pass rushers for the last 2 years, and was the reason Joey Porter became expendable. He was earned All Pro honors, and would have double digit sacks if we had anything resembling another pass rusher on the team.
Yes, we could have drafted unproven DE's in this year's draft instead of Tannehill. Quinton Coples looks good in his underwear, but has "Vernon Gholsten" written all over him. Melvin Ingram was productive, but he's short, and wouldn't fit at DE in our 4-3 front. Fletcher Cox is very similar to Jared Odrick, and do we really need to spend more early round draft picks on our d-line??
Congrats to the Fins for finally taking a QB that has a chance to be elite. Does Tannehill have bust potential? Sure- but he's got a much higher celing than John Beck, Chad Henne, and any of the other hacks who've walked through our revolving QB door.
You lose all credibility when you rant about not signing Langford instead. I like Kendall as much as anyone, but he's a 3-4 end with little to no pass rush. We can't get to the QB, and you would rather keep the guy who comes off the field in passing situations?? Not signing Langford was a great move. We've got guys behind him that are just as good (Starks, Odrick, McDaniel). Yes, he's young, but he's peaked, and we need pass rushers- not run stuffers!
Langford is our second coming of Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell- two good young DE's we drafted in the 90's (same year) who we let walk after their rookie deals. The funny thing is the Vikings signed them both, and neither one did much after that.
And did you really knock JT's accomplishments?? It seems like you've implied that JT had decent numbers, so why shouldn't Wake? Well, JT is a HOF DE, and one of the all time sack leaders. He's one of the best to ever play the position, so just because he can do something, doesn't mean any hack can.
Wake has played light's out since coming to us. He was highly sought after coming from the CFL, and we were lucky to get him. This signing sends the right message to our locker room that if you play well, you will get paid. Next time you want knock the Dolphins signing one of our best and hardest working players, take a moment to remove your head from your *ss before you type.